Is there a way to add a guest login account on welcome screen of Linux Mint 13 MATE-32bits, similar to the one present in Ubuntu 12.04?

  • My version of Ubunut doesn't have a guest account. You should be able to simply add a guest user and then set no password. – StarNamer Aug 23 '12 at 21:58

In latest ubuntu which ships lightdm, that supports a guest account,

So install lightdm and replace gdm should work for you, which would do the exactly same thing in Ubuntu 12.04:

apt-get install lightdm

  • Thank you. The reason I accepted this answer is because this allows the creation of a temporary profile, which is deleted when session is closed and and refreshed when restarted. Simply creating a new account does not make it temporary, as it happens in Ubuntu 12.04 guest account. – user22489 Aug 28 '12 at 23:43

I don't think the simple ability to enable a guest account is natively available in Mint 13. The login manager in 13 uses MDM, which is based on Gnome 2's GDM. In Mint 12, you could just add a couple of lines to a .conf file and you'd be set... but there is a way to do it on Mint 13.

The first step is simple - create a new user (called Guest, if you like).

Next, we need to lock down your home folder so only you can access your files. To do so, open a terminal (while logged in as your main account) and type:

chmod 700 ~

This will change the permissions on your home folder so that only you and root can view it.

You're all done! You now have a second user account that anyone can use, that cannot access your personal home folder.

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